Teaching would be easy if there were clear recipes you could follow every time. The Ingredients for Great Teaching explains why this is impossible and why a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. Instead of recipes, this book examines the basic ingredients of teaching and learning so you can use them wisely in your own classroom in order to become a better and more effective teacher. Taking an approach that is both evidence-based and practical, author Pedro de Bruyckere explores ten crucial aspects of teaching, the research behind them and why they work like they do, combined with everyday classroom examples describing both good and bad practice. Key topics include: • Teacher subject knowledge • Evaluation and feedback • The importance of practice • Metacognition • Making students think This is essential reading for teachers everywhere.

Have a Vision (And It Doesn’t Matter Which One)

Have a Vision (And It Doesn’t Matter Which One)

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This chapter will explore the following questions:

  • Why is it important for a school and a team to have a vision?
  • Why is the actual nature of the vision then less important?

Imagine a school that has been constantly written about for more than two years. A school that people visit almost every day to see what the school is actually doing. A school that has both fanatical supporters and opponents. This school is called Michaela and it is in North London. Just mentioning the name of the headmistress, Katharine Birbalsingh, is enough to raise furious debate in British educational circles.

Your first thought might be that Michaela is a school ...

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